An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress

My wonderful friend Ika requested for House of Rubi to design and create her, a classic wedding dress which also reflected elements of her Indonesian heritage.

She stated that traditionally Indonesian women wear elaborate beautifully embroidered                             kebayas on their wedding day.

Prior to designing, Ika sent me these images of kebayas for inspiration.

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kebayas are long tunics generally donned by women in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries. The bridal kebaya features embroidered beaded lace of various colors.

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Click this image to check out a Kebaya Pinterest page

As I stated in the blog “Bringing Back Sexy Back”, Ika loves elegant dresses with exposed backs. In fact one of her favorite House of Rubi dresses is the draped back Mercedes Dress.

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The Mercedes Drape Back Dress! Click this image to check out “Bringing Sexy Back”

Although the bridal Kebaya was her main inspiration, she wanted a simpler dress with an elegant back detail

I took her shopping for fabrics in the New York garment district. We found a beautiful beaded light creme lace and bought a separate gold lace for embellishment purposes.

Making The Dress 


Making the dress required a lot of hand sewing. I had to cut the gold lace appliqué , strategically lay it out, and then hand stitch it on to the white lace.


First, I cut out the lace.


The Dress Bodice Front. We decided to keep the front simple with a high scoop neck and a embroidered gold waist which created a belted effect.


The deep scoop at back featured creme and gold beaded floral applique hand sewn onto a clear mesh.


Back is finished with embroidered floral beaded appliquéd mesh


Sewing appliqué on to the train.


Laid out the lace for the dress train.


Finishing of the bridal train.

Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for An Indonesian Dream Wedding Dress Part 2 and check out the finished dress!!

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